Quinoa and Red Bean Burritos

Hi friends.

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Tonight I used ingredients I had on hand to make this recipe for vegetarian burritos that were packed with some protein staying power!

Quinoa and Red Bean Burritos

Serves 4

  • 4 low carb, high fiber tortillas ( I used Tam-Xi-Cos brand)
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of Goya Adobo seasoning (or any other seasoning you prefer with a Mexican flavor)
  • 1/2 can red beans (drain,rise,mash slightly)
  • 3/4 cup salsa ( I used Newman’s Own)
  • 1/2 cup 2% shredded cheddar cheese

Cook quinoa in water according to directions on the box. Once cooked, remove from heat and stir in Adobo seasoning,the beans, and about 1/2 cup of the salsa. Heat tortillas slightly in microwave for 45 seconds. Fill with 1/2 cup of quinoa mixture. Roll into a little burrito and place seam side down on a sheet pan. Top with remaining salsa and sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.

Stats!

Amount Per Serving

Calories
344.2

Total Fat
10.4 g

Sodium
682.6 mg

Total Carbohydrate
44.0 g

Dietary Fiber
6.5 g

Sugars
4.5 g

Protein
16.2 g

Tonight is busy for me. I have been procrastinating like its nobody’s business on Pinterest. Seriously. It’s a love/hate relationship.

I must get off this thing and start on a paper that is due in the morning. Go me.

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The Morning Off.

Good Morning? How is everyone’s Thursday?

Mine has been wonderful so far because my second class was cancelled which means I am already home and done with campus for the day. Lucky me…..sort of. I have tons of school work to do today including a paper for an English class and reading (almost an entire book). The first few weeks of school seem so sluggish and hard. I haven’t felt productive yet. I guess that’s the senior in me.

First Breakfast/Snack

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Lara Bar on the way to school. Really good flavor.

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Second Breakfast- 2 scrambled egg whites with Cabot 75% reduced fat cheese. DELISH. I love Cabot because they provide the 1 ounce serving size measurements on the package. I’m always guaranteed to eat one serving without having to guesstimate! Very helpful, Cabot.

I also had a Tam-X-Ico’s  Lo-Carb tortilla…only 5 grams of net carbs. And tasty, too.

This is how I typically eat…a plate among stacks of books.

That’s just how students roll.

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Plans for the day:

Nap, Homework, Meeting, Gym (cardio day), More Homework, Dinner….maybe a movie with Rachel??

Exercise Mantra of the day:

True, so true! Especially for turtle runners.

Do something active for yourself today. Positivity is contagious!

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What I’ve Been Eating Wednesday

Normally, bloggers link up with other bloggers for “What I ate Wednesday” but sadly I don’t know how to do that yet (someone please tell me)!

Don’t you think it’s oddly fascinating to see what other people eat?

Yeah, me too. Okay. Here we go. Some of my recent eats.

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Iced Coffee with Skim  from Jittery Joe’s. (I swore I wouldn’t buy them.) FAIL.

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Paired with Zone bars for protein…

Salad with grapefruit and almonds…olive oil and vinegar on the side.

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Oatmeal with nut butters and berries….

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For sweetness…Attune food’s Uncle Sam original wheatberry cereal with dark chocolate and a sprinkle of coconut.

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Leftover Orange Chicken

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When I am in school, lunches and breakfasts always seem repetitive, but if it ain’t broke….why fix it!

Dinners are usually my chance to get creative in the kitchen. Many of my friends who are either in college or working full time often ask me how I do it. “”Do what?” I say. They normally respond with, “you know, cook like that!”

To me, cooking and grocery shopping is not a chore or a stressful thing. I actually find it quite relaxing and well, fun. Cooking is my hobby, so why not try and do it everyday? I find that planning out my meals and spending lots of time in the kitchen is an escape for me…in the same way that my workouts are a stress reliever. It’s a lifestyle….

Is cooking an escape for you? Do you enjoy it or find it stressful to plan out meals?

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Rise Above the Negativity

Hi friends!

How is your Tuesday! Mine has flown by…I am already done with class. Woohoo! Now, if I could only muster up some productivity…

Last week, I had posted about a jeans issue I have been experiencing as a result of half marathon training. The muscles in my legs have been working very hard to get me into running shape. I have noticed that my jeans were fitting a lot tighter in my thigh area, leaving me disappointed with myself.After pulling my jeans on, I quickly took them off as I huffed and puffed in anger. Running is supposed to make me thinner…not bigger!

Since I ran an amazing 5 miles on Saturday, I realized running makes me stronger, not thinner. My muscles are there for a reason and I should be proud not angry at them!

It is so easy to get stressed out over things by focusing on everything that is wrong with us instead of what is great! It is a blessing that I am getting strong and I am happy to have legs that will allow me to cross that finish line.

Breakfast

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Today was Quaker Oats, made with almond milk and chia seeds. Scoop of peanut butter and strawberries…Love it!!

I’m off to get some work done…see you later. I hope some of you try the Orange Chicken recipe from last night!

Do you have a favorite way of dealing with self negativity?

What is one part of your body that you are grateful for?

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Baked Orange Chicken

Tonight for dinner I planned on trying a new recipe that I thought would make a great weeknight meal. I found this recipe on All recipes and tweaked it a little to make it my own.

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The chicken was really flavorful and the sauce thickened into a wonderful, citrusy gravy that was delicious. I ate the chicken alongside roasted asparagus and for some carbs, I ate multi-grain toast with butter. Simple and easy. Perfect for a busy schedule.

Baked Orange Chicken

  • 2 or 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts (or thighs like the original calls for)
  • 1 cup of orange juice ( I used Indian River…my favorite!)
  • 1 packet of onion gravy mix (1 oz. packet)
  • 1 Tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder

Mix the juice, gravy mix and seasonings together. Pour over chicken and bake in a dish for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

In other news…..

Koby is excited to watch Bachelor Pad tonight! Smile

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My roommate Rachel and I always watch “our shows” snuggled up in our pj’s with Koby…our newest roomie. Good times, always.

In the meantime, I’m going to try and find something sweet to eat….

Pin of the day:

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Gone, but not for long.

I am back from a busy weekend away from my computer….

I come bearing breakfast in the form of egg white scramble, toast and coffee. Boring, but purposeful.

It’s Monday…..another week.

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I don’t have much news but I did end up conquering 5 MILES on Saturday!!! This was by far the best run that I’ve had…legs felt great, pace was faster. I was having fun! I ran with Hannah, my aunt and our friend, Andrea at Stone Mountain. It was a fun time.

I’m off to school, but I have a few new recipes for tonight, so I’m really excited!

Enjoy your Monday Smile

Something to think about:

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Slow Cooker Balsamic Pork

Tonight’s dinner was fantastic and easy due to some simple preparation before I left for class. The sweet and tangy sauce that glazes the tender pork made this meal.

Slow Cooker Balsamic Pork

  • 1 small boneless pork loin (2 lb)
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 glove of garlic, crushed…You can also just use a small teaspoon of garlic powder.
  • 1/2 cup of water

Combine the spices and sprinkle over the pork, rub them into the meat. Cover with water in a slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours.

When the pork has cooked 5 hours or so, you need to make the glaze.

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of cornstarch or arrowroot
  • 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup of water

Combine these ingredients and heat in a saucepan or a microwavable bowl. Stir and simmer lightly until thick, like a glaze.

Set the glaze aside and pull the pork until shredded with two forks. Combine the glaze with the pork and continue cooking on low for one more hour.

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I served my pork alongside a green leaf salad with almonds and citrus vinaigrette. I also had a slice of buttered toast and a serving of Cabot 75% reduced fat cheese.

In other news…

I cleaned the apartment! It is sparkling and tidy.

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Guess who else is clean?

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Koby, my roommate’s dog got a bath today. He smells like flowers.

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And just something to think about…found it on Pinterest!

Have a lovely  evening!

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